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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A census of the directors of residential schools for the Deaf: Perceptions of the impact on residential schools of the provision of outreach services
by Garvin, Audrey M., Ed.D., University of Hartford, 2008, 174; 3337387
Abstract (Summary)

In response to the changing nature of Deaf education in the 21 st century, directors of residential center schools for the Deaf (RCSD) are developing outreach services for students with hearing loss placed in inclusion settings. This study examined the perceptions of the directors about the political, structural, human resources and symbolic changes occurring in Deaf education and the impact the innovation of outreach services will have on RCSD.

A Census developed by the researcher provided descriptive data. Sixteen Likert items examined the four reference frames. Two open-ended items elicited the most critical issues facing the directors in program quality, diversity and equity and the impact that outreach services will have on distribution of resources in Deaf education. Demographic data provided a director profile. The findings described the directors as primarily white, hearing with English as a first language, with dual degrees in Deaf Education and Educational Administration. Gender and experience were equally distributed between males and females and 5 or fewer years and 6 or more years of experience.

Directors indicated a belief in political leadership and concern for the structural integrity of the RCSD and outreach services to provide quality education. In human resources, directors stressed a need for retraining, recruitment, collaboration and a commitment to career satisfaction. Symbolically, directors were divided in their opinions about outreach students' inclusion in the RSCD community. The directors' greatest priority was quality of education outcomes. Directors indicated improvement of continuum of alternative placements will enhance educational outcomes as resources are distributed across the continuum.

Recommendations for practice included formalizing and funding appropriate innovations in program design and evaluation. Disaggregating student and program outcomes will promote accountability.

Recommendations for research include analyzing state to state student and program outcomes to identify effective models of service delivery in Deaf education.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Weinholtz, Donn
Commitee: Case, Karen, Kuntz, Lisa, Miller, Regina
School: University of Hartford
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Connecticut
Source: DAI-A 69/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational administration, Special education
Keywords: Deaf, Directors, Innovation, Leadership, Outreach, Residential, Residential schools
Publication Number: 3337387
ISBN: 978-0-549-92402-9
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